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Bikini-Wearing Mom Kicked Out of Water Park for 'Full Figure'
July 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Bikini-Wearing Mom Kicked Out of Water Park for 'Full Figure'

by Nicole Fabian-Weber

 

madelynn sheafferWhen Madelyn Sheaffer went to Adventure Oasis Water Park in Independence, Missouri on Tuesday, she thought she was in for a day of silly, wet fun. But what she got instead was a whole lot of controversy. See, while Madelyn, 42, was splashing around in one of the park's pools in, what else, her bathing suit, two park employees came up to her and asked her to put shorts on over her bikini. Thinking the request was absurd, Madelyn opted to stay in her swimsuit, saying "Why should I have to put on a pair of shorts when I am wearing the same size bikini bottoms as the girls in the pool?". A supervisor was then called over, and Madelyn was asked to leave. Again, the mom refused, and police were called to escort her out of the park.

Yes, a mother was escorted out of a water park for wearing a bikini. Yay, America.

Madelyn is convinced that the reason she was asked to cover up was because of her age and "fuller figure". She said: "Just the fact that there were other girls wearing string bikinis – 15, 16, 18 years old – beautiful young bodies, and they are not being told to cover up. I mean, do I have to be 16 and look 100 percent perfect to wear a bikini? Or can I be comfortable in my own skin. Am I allowed to have a matured body?" Amen to that, sister. Shouldn't we be accepting of bodies in all shapes, sizes, and ages? Why should one person be asked to put shorts on while others aren't? I really can't see what the problem is here. Madelyn was wearing a string bikini -- one that covered up everything. Are we that prudish? Or are we now picking and choosing who we want to see in swimsuits?

The thing that makes this story all the more upsetting is the fact that Madelyn recently lost 100 pounds and was excited to finally feel comfortable in a bikini. She's proud of her body -- as she should be; as anyone would be. I imagine being asked to cover up after all her hard work was a serious emotional blow for her. "I am very comfortable from where I once was to where I am today," she said.

As of now, Adventure Oasis Water Park is yet to comment on the incident. But I think it's great that Madelyn made this a national issue. Their reasoning for kicking her out is flat out ridiculous -- she was wearing a bikini while in a pool. And everyone needs to know that.

What do you think of this?

Do you think she should have been allowed to stay?

 

 

Replies

  • blue123244
    July 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I think you should sue them, that's outrageous, also sue them for emotional damages as well

  • crwspringer
    July 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM
    I think one wrong move and that top is gonna blow. I have no problem with any woman of any size wearing a bikini, but it needs to properly contain everything.
    EVEN WOMEN WITH PERFECT BODIES. WEARING THOSE ITTY BITTY TRIANGLE/STRING BIKINIS IS INAPPROPRIATE IN A FAMILY SETTING.
  • WalkingDeadlove
    July 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM
    Unless they are kicking out the teens and 20 something's that do the same thing they are wrong. You can't pick and chose, if it's it's ok for younger people than its ok for older people.
  • Arwyn724
    July 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    The towel covers most of the bottom, but what I can see, it really looks too small.  I'm curious as to how much was hanging out the back, or what style the back was.  Plus, what is holding the top together in the front?  Not much.  Too exposed for a family setting, imo.

  • MomTiara19
    July 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM
    You call that a full figure? Wow I think she is an older woman and looks fine for her age.
  • ditsyjo
    by ditsyjo
    July 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM
    She was asked to cover the bottom that picture does not show the part she was asked to cover... I wonder why
  • Sportbominable
    July 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM


    Agree. That suit she is wearing not only doesn't fit her, but is totally inappropriate!

    Quoting crwspringer:

    I think one wrong move and that top is gonna blow. I have no problem with any woman of any size wearing a bikini, but it needs to properly contain everything.
    EVEN WOMEN WITH PERFECT BODIES. WEARING THOSE ITTY BITTY TRIANGLE/STRING BIKINIS IS INAPPROPRIATE IN A FAMILY SETTING.



  • vvinkyloafer
    July 8, 2013 at 2:19 PM
    Note how the photo given barely shows her bikini bottoms and how the employees asked her to put on shorts.

    This post is over.
  • mama23brie
    July 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM
    I don't think anyone needs to get kicked out of a water park unless they are exposing their private parts. If her ass crack, vagina and nipples were covered then i don't think they had any right to kick her out. Inappropriate or not.
  • fullxbusymom
    July 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Click on the link it shows the whole bikini and it covers absolutely everything appropriately.  Watch the news video on it at the bottom.

    Quoting vvinkyloafer:

    Note how the photo given barely shows her bikini bottoms and how the employees asked her to put on shorts.

    This post is over.


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